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Thursday’s Theme: Patriotic Summer Decor Prep

Thursday, May 16th, 2019

Today we’ve linked up five of our blog posts that feature patriotic decor – for holidays and everyday. We hope you’re able to find some inspiration for Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, your summer parties, and for when you want to add a little American spirit to your home throughout the year.

Patriotic Front Step

  • Create a decorative and patriotic centerpiece or tablescape with red, white and blue table settings, whether you add subtle accents (like a flower arrangement or candles) or go all out with placemats, glassware, dishes and American flags.
  • Finally, for Memorial Day and the Fourth of July, we recommend using DIY or printable banners, a mini tree decorated with patriotic ornaments, as well as more bold flower arrangements to really make a special occasion statement.

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Thursday’s Theme: Sink Skirt Inspiration (and tutorials)

Thursday, April 25th, 2019

The sink skirt: a decorative and affordable way to hide unsightly pipes and under-the-counter storage space. It has apparently made a reappearance in home trends this year, although with many farmhouse and rustic home trends we often find ourselves thinking timeless decor never goes out of style! Anyway, we’ve rounded up a few lovely skirted sinks for inspiration, as well as three tutorials for making your own. Take a look below.

Tutorials

First up is Exquisitely Unremarkable’s sink skirt how-to. This one is unique because instead of removing cabinet doors under the sink, the skirt fabric is mounted to the doors. This technique is perfect if you prefer a swinging open over a sliding or velcro open, but still want that authentic skirted look.

Second is a velcro sink skirt from Life After Laundry. This particular one is made to be gathered, which gives the fabric a little more decorative appeal, but it could be left ungathered if you prefer. This tutorial is also a great reminder that skirted sinks aren’t just for the kitchen – they are perfect in a bathroom, too (around a pedestal or console sink, especially).

And third is the tension rod technique from HomeSpunStyle. This skirted sink requires a little more hardware but the result is worth it, especially if you opt for the pleats!

Inspiration

And here are some skirted sinks that caught our eye. If you’ve ever considered a sink skirt, or have one in your kitchen (or bathroom), let us know below and tell us how it has worked for you.

Photo by Becky Cunningham HomeLook for kitchen design inspiration
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Photo by Nicola’s HomeSearch kitchen design ideas
Photo by Our Town PlansMore bathroom photos
Photo by Kitchenscapes, Inc.Browse laundry room photos
Photo by Samantha Friedman Interior DesignsBrowse powder room photos

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Thursday’s Theme: Cubby Storage Benches

Thursday, April 18th, 2019

Today’s post is dedicated to the storage bench. But not just any storage bench: the cubby storage bench. The stylish furniture piece that also brings plenty of – you guessed it, storage space – to a room. It’s both a seat and a way to keep your belongings neat and tidy; a way to complement your stylish home without sacrificing organization. But you probably knew this already, so let’s talk specifics when it comes to choosing the right cubby storage bench for you and your home.

Basket Storage Bench | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Large Cubby Storage Bench | Sturbridge Yankee WorkshopA storage bench with cubbies that includes baskets is sort of the best case scenario when it comes to this type of furniture piece. You have the option to use the baskets in the bench, or leave the cubbies open if you prefer and use the baskets elsewhere. A bench with a raised or high back also invites people to sit down to put their shoes on or take off hats and mittens.

Knotty Pine 24" Cubby Storage Bench | USA | Sturbridge Yankee WorkshopThere’s always the option to choose a cubby bench without any baskets included. If you prefer the open storage technique than this type of cubby bench is for you. It’s always important to consider how you are going to use the space, whether that means voting against baskets, voting for them, decreasing the size of the bench, or opting for more cubbies. Will this bench be in a high-traffic area, like an entryway? Maybe an extra cubby would come in handy. Or if you want to allow more space for boot trays or just need a little extra storage outside of a closet, consider that maybe one or two cubbies will do the trick.

Bridgewater Storage Bench | USA | Sturbridge Yankee WorkshopDrawers are an added feature to some cubby benches that offer more opportunities for storage. Store garden tools in a mudroom, accessories in an entryway, or use in a child’s bedroom for toys and coloring utensils. Benches that are raised above the floor offer the potential to store items underneath, or at least tuck them away temporarily. Again, it’s all about identifying your storage needs and matching those up with the right cubby bench.

Small Cubby Storage Bench | Sturbridge Yankee WorkshopYou’re likely to also consider the finish of your cubby storage bench. If you’re going for a primitive look, choose a bench with a more rough finish, or naturally distressed features. For a more modern or contemporary space, a smooth finish will be your best bet. Often a cubby storage bench will allow for a bench cushion to sit on top, so adding one will heighten the comfort and personal style of the bench.

Knotty Pine 3-Cubby Storage Bench | USA | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Do you have a storage bench (or benches) in your home? How do you make the most out of the seating and storage space? Share your tips and ideas in a comment below.

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